Ireland News

Brexit Vote Prompts Inquiries from Insurers Weighing Opening Offices in Dublin

Ireland says the Brexit vote has led to a jump in inquiries from London firms considering opening offices in Dublin, one of a handful of European cities trying to draw business away from Britain’s financial center. Irish officials say they …

Dublin Looks to Lure Financial Services Jobs from UK After Brexit Vote

Irish recruiters are already filling jobs for financial services firms which are shifting some operations from the United Kingdom, with Dublin moving fast to steal a march on rivals just a month after Britons voted to leave the European Union. …

Beazley to Get EU Licenses for Irish Reinsurance Business – After Brexit Vote

Lloyd’s of London’s Beazley Plc is working to get European insurance licenses for its Irish reinsurance business to allow it to operate throughout the European Union, even if Lloyd’s loses access to the bloc. Insurers are making contingency plans after …

Verisk Analytics Acquires Risk Intelligence Ireland, Expanding Global Footprint

Verisk Analytics Inc. announced the acquisition of Risk Intelligence Ireland, a leading provider of fraud detection, compliance, risk control, and process automation services to the Irish insurance industry. “Risk Intelligence Ireland has developed valuable tools to help insurers control costs …

Irish Insurers Face Higher Reserves; Fairfax Financial to Invest in FBD Holdings

Irish insurers will have to set aside significantly more reserves to cover car-crash, workplace injuries and other claims as compensation payouts surge, according to the industry’s regulator. The nation’s central bank will tell insurers the results of a review of …

Troubled Irish Insurers Seek Solvency II Support From Bond Investors, Buffett

Investors hunting for yield after a global financial rout might well take a detour to the headquarters of a tiny insurance company hidden away along a highway in west Dublin. Just as world markets cratered on August 24, troubled Irish …

FBD Shows How to Lose Money, Even During Ireland’s Economic Recovery

Usually, economic recovery helps companies. Not so FBD Holdings plc. FBD, Ireland’s only publicly traded insurer, will publish first-half earnings in Dublin on Aug. 24, with analysts waiting to see whether the increasing claims linked to accelerating economic activity it …

Ireland’s FBD Could Sell as Much as $83M of Debt to Meet Solvency II Rules

FBD Holdings plc may seek to sell as much as 75 million euros ($83 million) of subordinated debt to ensure it meets new solvency rules, Darren McKinley, an analyst at Merrion Capital said. Insurance company FBD may need a capital injection …

Ireland’s FBD: Solvency Rule Program on Track as CEO Quits Unexpectedly

FBD Holdings plc said its plans to meet new solvency rules next year are on track as the Irish insurer struggles to return to profit and Andrew Langford unexpectedly quit as chief executive officer last week. Dublin-based FBD said it’s “no different” …

Buffett Helps Ireland’s Vhi Insurance Avoid Bailout with $99M Subordinated Loan

Irish state-owned health insurer Vhi Insurance DAC borrowed money from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. to help avoid a bailout as the company comes under central bank regulation for the first time. Berkshire gave Vhi a 90 million-euro [$97.6 million) …